Biofilm Development: A Process Analysis

  • W. G. Characklis
Part of the Life Sciences Research Reports book series (DAHLEM, volume 31)


This paper will provide a framework for understanding the process of biofilm development in the context of stoichiometry and kinetics. Biofilm development is described in terms of selected fundamental rate processes and environmental parameters which influence their rate and extent. The properties of the biofilm and its microenvironment lead to topics of microbial ecology within the biofilm and the physiology of the organisms immobilized within it. These topics will be discussed in terms of unstructured models for the microbial processes.


Fluid Shear Stress Viscous Sublayer Unstructured Model Continuous Flow Stir Tank Reactor Substrate Removal Rate 
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© Dr. S. Bernhard, Dahlem Konferenzen, Berlin 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • W. G. Characklis
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  1. 1.Institute for Biological and Chemical Process AnalysisMontana State UniversityBozemanUSA

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